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  • District hourly salary minimum boosted to $9

    Salaries were the main focus in budget talks by the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education monthly meeting Thursday night, as they approved a $9-per-hour salary for all employees for 2018-19 school year.
    Except for five maintenance employees making $10, all others made $8 an hour.

  • Abq. man likely drowned at Conchas Lake

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor
    New Mexico State Police said this week a man is suspected of having drowned at Conchas Lake in eastern San Miguel County — although it could take some time before his body is found.

  • Bike safety rodeo set for June 2

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Youngsters ages 5 to 12 will be taught the rudiments of bike safety during the 27th Annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo on Saturday, June 2.

    Taking place from 9 to 11 a.m. on the Walmart south parking lot, a $5 entry fee will allow participants to learn, practice and demonstrate the ability to ride a bike safety.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, May 20, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 9 and May 16, 2018:

    Robert M. Saiz, Bench Warrant, Failure To Appear / Failure To Pay.

    Jose A. Gonzales, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Anthony R. Gonzales, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Panchita B. Maes, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Tina Baca, Felony Adult Probation Arrest Order.

    Jonathan O. Aragon, Felony Bench Warrant Failure To Comply.

  • HPWA is awarded workshop

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, managed by Project for Public Spaces, has announced that Las Vegas, N.M., with help from the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance was selected to host a rural design technical workshop later this year.

  • Chen named Highlands Professor of the Year

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University has named marketing professor Chien-Chung Chen Professor of the Year for 2017-18.

    Each spring an independent selection committee composed of students, faculty and staff reviews the nominations for Professor of the Year and selects a winner.

    Joshlyn Simasingh is a Highlands MBA candidate who will complete her degree in July 2018 and is awaiting final acceptance to two law schools. She nominated Chen for Professor of the Year.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 20, 2018.

  • San Miguel County Sheriff candidate questionnaires, June 2018 primary

    Here are responses from three of the four Democratic Party candidates for San Miguel County Sheriff in the June 5 primary. Sheriff Gary Gold  is retiring; there is no incumbent. The Optic will publish the response from candidate Tony A. Valdez once received. No candidates from other parties filed to run in the June 5 primary. Read the Optic in the weeks ahead to see other primary candidate replies.

    THEO CARR

    Age: 57.

  • Review: Artists connect Americans with the French

    What a balmy April evening in which to revel in a concert at the Plaza Hotel.

    With Ron Maltais, we expect professionalism and passion, and we were delighted that the renowned Mary Kay Robinson joined him on flute. Since their program was mainly composed by students of the formidable Nadia Boulanger, we were truly treated to a French connection.

    Did Ron know Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron would be in Les États-Unis this week? Peut-être, but I digress.

  • The End of an era

    As longtime Nelson Funeral Home owners plan closing its doors in June, its funeral director, Dwight Torres, weighs his options.
    The Nelsons, Alfredo and Alberta Nelson-Moberg announced their retirement in a May 6 letter.